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GOTHAM ACADEMY is back for its second semester! When you're Gotham Academy student Olive Silverlock, winter holidays can be a drag. Luckily, when a new student shows up at Gotham Academy to keep her company while the other students are away, Olive finds what could be a brand new friend...or a whole lot of trouble. And when Maps, Kyle, Colton, Pomeline and the rest of the st GOTHAM ACADEMY is back for its second semester! When you're Gotham Academy student Olive Silverlock, winter holidays can be a drag. Luckily, when a new student shows up at Gotham Academy to keep her company while the other students are away, Olive finds what could be a brand new friend...or a whole lot of trouble. And when Maps, Kyle, Colton, Pomeline and the rest of the students of Gotham's #1 prep school return for a new semester, the adventures are twice as mysterious and twice as dangerous! Collects GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #1-3, 5-8.


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GOTHAM ACADEMY is back for its second semester! When you're Gotham Academy student Olive Silverlock, winter holidays can be a drag. Luckily, when a new student shows up at Gotham Academy to keep her company while the other students are away, Olive finds what could be a brand new friend...or a whole lot of trouble. And when Maps, Kyle, Colton, Pomeline and the rest of the st GOTHAM ACADEMY is back for its second semester! When you're Gotham Academy student Olive Silverlock, winter holidays can be a drag. Luckily, when a new student shows up at Gotham Academy to keep her company while the other students are away, Olive finds what could be a brand new friend...or a whole lot of trouble. And when Maps, Kyle, Colton, Pomeline and the rest of the students of Gotham's #1 prep school return for a new semester, the adventures are twice as mysterious and twice as dangerous! Collects GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #1-3, 5-8.

30 review for Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Volume 1: Welcome Back

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    The Good: Wow, I can't believe how much better this was than previous volumes. The story was much more focused and interesting. The background paintings by Michele Assarasakron were gorgeous. After seeing this, I'm not sure why DC hasn't given her her own book to illustrate. With Adam Archer's pencils in the foreground it gave the book an animation feel to it. The Bad: Did not like Amy's deal at all. I saw where the story was headed the second she appeared and dreaded every panel she appeared in. The Good: Wow, I can't believe how much better this was than previous volumes. The story was much more focused and interesting. The background paintings by Michele Assarasakron were gorgeous. After seeing this, I'm not sure why DC hasn't given her her own book to illustrate. With Adam Archer's pencils in the foreground it gave the book an animation feel to it. The Bad: Did not like Amy's deal at all. I saw where the story was headed the second she appeared and dreaded every panel she appeared in. The Ugly: I didn't care much for the ending at all. Hopefully they'll right the ship in the next volume. Received an advanced copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Gotham Academy is a fabulous series that can be read both by kids and grown-ups. This is the second volume I've read in this series and I totally loved it. Honestly, I could sit down and re-read it, both for the stories and for the wonderful art. For those of you that don't know anything about Gotham Academy will I tell you this: It's a school with strange teachers, secret passengers, kids with abilities (not all of them, but some) and now and then a guy called Bruce Wayne shows up. My favorite ch Gotham Academy is a fabulous series that can be read both by kids and grown-ups. This is the second volume I've read in this series and I totally loved it. Honestly, I could sit down and re-read it, both for the stories and for the wonderful art. For those of you that don't know anything about Gotham Academy will I tell you this: It's a school with strange teachers, secret passengers, kids with abilities (not all of them, but some) and now and then a guy called Bruce Wayne shows up. My favorite character is Maps, she is a young Asian girl that reminds me of Jubilee from Marvel and she loves adventures and mysteries. Of course, I like the rest of the characters to Silverlock, Kyle, etc. But, it's just something about this spunky kid that makes me truly love this series. The art is marvelous, this is the kind of art that I really, really love and I've added some screen caps for you all to see: I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    I feel like this is finally dragging Gotham Academy back from the chaotic mess of Vol 3: Yearbook and the very disappointing Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy crossover (which could have been fab if at least 40% of the text in the second half had been cut. Did no one in the process understand the difference between a comic script and a prose novel?) I was so taken with the first volume of GA, even on re-read, so please please please let it stay on this better road!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    3.5 Welcome back to Gotham Academy, home to all things creepy and mysterious. The gang is all back together in this issue to combat more mysteries involved around Gotham Academy, but it doesn't quite seem right. New friends and selfish intents could pull the group apart at the hinges, will they be able to overcome and save Gotham Academy once again? This follows the same group of quirky characters in the Detective Club at Gotham Academy as they combat the disappearance of a teacher and some other 3.5 Welcome back to Gotham Academy, home to all things creepy and mysterious. The gang is all back together in this issue to combat more mysteries involved around Gotham Academy, but it doesn't quite seem right. New friends and selfish intents could pull the group apart at the hinges, will they be able to overcome and save Gotham Academy once again? This follows the same group of quirky characters in the Detective Club at Gotham Academy as they combat the disappearance of a teacher and some other strange happenings. Olive gets a new roommate, Amy, who is definitely not a team player and Olive is being pulled into 2 different directions. After the break all the kids are ready to get back to learning, but at this Academy learning does not seem to be a priority, instead mystery ensues at every turn of the corner, with the first being that 1 teacher has not returned from break...where could she be? The art is fantastic as always, and this is a great series for teens and young adults as well since this is set in a private high school and focuses mainly on the relationship of a group of friends solving mysteries (not quite Scooby Doo because in this instance the monsters are real). I will say that while this is Vol. 1 because it is Gotham Academy Semester 1, I think it should have a disclaimer that it is Gotham Academy # 4 total, since it follows right after the events of the first 3 volumes in the Gotham Academy series. Since it has been a while since I read the first 3 it did take me awhile to get back into the story, but I definitely think the story is starting to pick up from where the last one ended. The rating for this story definitely got bumped up due to the fantastic ending which held a major cliffhanger. The entire graphic novel is filled with twists and turns that will have you trying to guess what will happen next throughout it. An enjoyable read overall.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Me once I finished Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol 1 Reasons why this got 4 stars Can I just say that I’m really surprised that this wasn’t an absolute disappointment?! After reading Gotham Academy, Vol. 3: Yearbook I figured there was no hope for this series to redeem itself but I WAS WRONG! Second Semester, Vol 1 reminded me of why I loved this series to begin with and I can’t wait to read the next one to see how everything plays out. Vol 3 actually had a great and strong storyline that wa Me once I finished Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol 1 Reasons why this got 4 stars Can I just say that I’m really surprised that this wasn’t an absolute disappointment?! After reading Gotham Academy, Vol. 3: Yearbook I figured there was no hope for this series to redeem itself but I WAS WRONG! Second Semester, Vol 1 reminded me of why I loved this series to begin with and I can’t wait to read the next one to see how everything plays out. Vol 3 actually had a great and strong storyline that was enjoyable and easy to follow. We finally get a bit of development with Pom’s character! Katherine changing into I don’t even know what (an orange flubber?) to help Pom and Colton was the funniest and cutest thing LOL. And honestly, Olive and Maps are friendship goals. Reasons why this didn’t get 5 stars Yet again I’m left with more questions than answers... - I’ve always wondered what was Eric’s purpose and finally we got an answer. Well, sort of? I’d say we got an answer with no further explanation. Like tada this is what Eric is obsessed with and what he believes is his purpose but we won’t give you any further information on why or how this came to be. Cool. - Pom...yes, I was happy we got more development with her character but I need more! With getting to know why Pom was so obsessed with finding that book we learn of the connection with Pom and Olive and Amity and Alienor. And poof that’s it. I really would love a prequel of that focused on Amity and Alienor with a clear picture of what actually happened. Lastly, I just realized that Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 2 is the last vol and I don’t know how I feel about this. I feel like I won’t get all the answers I need and that’s a frustrating thought.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Probably my favorite of the Gotham Academy series. though the plot was kind of all over the place at times

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    There's not a lot to say about this. The story is fairly weak and not well-written, jumping all over the place and not really following a logical flow. The illustrations are still fun and adorable. I'm still here, still reading so I guess that says something, right? There's not a lot to say about this. The story is fairly weak and not well-written, jumping all over the place and not really following a logical flow. The illustrations are still fun and adorable. I'm still here, still reading so I guess that says something, right?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I really loved learning more about the history of the silverlocks and arkhams.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    4 stars. This series is finally getting back on track! This was definitely my favorite volume since the first one. The artwork was back to being consistent and vibrant which I was so happy to see after the mess of the last volume. The story was a whole lot of fun and took a turn that I was not expecting with Olive’s character and I’m so excited to see where it goes next. The action and adventure was exciting and just served as a reminder of why I love this series so much. I’m definitely looking 4 stars. This series is finally getting back on track! This was definitely my favorite volume since the first one. The artwork was back to being consistent and vibrant which I was so happy to see after the mess of the last volume. The story was a whole lot of fun and took a turn that I was not expecting with Olive’s character and I’m so excited to see where it goes next. The action and adventure was exciting and just served as a reminder of why I love this series so much. I’m definitely looking forward to the next volume and I hope they don’t lose this momentum.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annalise Nakoneczny

    WOW. The plot of this one was great, the art was exceptional. The characterizations were so strong in this that when a character annoyed me it made me squirm internally. The twist at the end was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and I need to track down the next volume stat.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    As always, I love the artwork, and the stories this time were pretty good. Looking forward to the next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I'm going to need my parents to adopt Maps and Jesus Christ, Pomeline is the Slytherin schoolgirl of my dreams. Another excellent volume in the series! This one really starts to bring a lot of the past threads together and I can't help but think we're heading for some kind of conclusion. Still, hoping this runs for a long while from now, I love it so much!!! I'm going to need my parents to adopt Maps and Jesus Christ, Pomeline is the Slytherin schoolgirl of my dreams. Another excellent volume in the series! This one really starts to bring a lot of the past threads together and I can't help but think we're heading for some kind of conclusion. Still, hoping this runs for a long while from now, I love it so much!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shali

    Gotham Academy: Second Semester picks up on Olive's story, which they had decided to ditch in Vol. 3, Gotham Academy: Yearbook. Unfortunately, I didn't really care for it. I'm still interested in Olive and Amity, etc, but I wasn't in love with this volume. (view spoiler)[Olive's going crazy, seeing things, and being manipulated by said things. Eric goes homicidal, and puts together a costume and calls himself "The Symbolist." (hide spoiler)] But Batman makes an appearance, so that's cool. So, anyw Gotham Academy: Second Semester picks up on Olive's story, which they had decided to ditch in Vol. 3, Gotham Academy: Yearbook. Unfortunately, I didn't really care for it. I'm still interested in Olive and Amity, etc, but I wasn't in love with this volume. (view spoiler)[Olive's going crazy, seeing things, and being manipulated by said things. Eric goes homicidal, and puts together a costume and calls himself "The Symbolist." (hide spoiler)] But Batman makes an appearance, so that's cool. So, anyway, I actually found it pretty boring, up until the end. Cue Batman. One thing that bothered me was that Colton has a crush on Kyle (which was hinted at in Yearbook), and since homosexuality is against my religious beliefs, it was another reason for me not to like it. Besides, I'd kind of been hoping he and Pomeline would be a thing. So, yeah, it's not for me. But the art is still as cute as ever, so there's that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] I love Gotham Academy. It's one of those Bat-Books that carves out a little niche that no other book manages to find and really goes for it, roping in continuity and characters from all over the place (like the 60s Batman show and the 90s Animated Series) so that fans of Batman in general will get something fun out of everything involved. But it's also got a huge amount of heart and fun characters - which is why it's so sad to see them going through the wringer in this vol [Read as single issues] I love Gotham Academy. It's one of those Bat-Books that carves out a little niche that no other book manages to find and really goes for it, roping in continuity and characters from all over the place (like the 60s Batman show and the 90s Animated Series) so that fans of Batman in general will get something fun out of everything involved. But it's also got a huge amount of heart and fun characters - which is why it's so sad to see them going through the wringer in this volume. Olive's been left alone at Gotham Academy, and makes a new friend who seems to want to get her into trouble at every turn. Factor in a potential expulsion for Colton, trouble in paradise for Maps, and the usual Gotham Academy mysteries tying back into the history of Gotham itself - plus the reveal of the true culprit behind Calamity - and you've got some great storytelling. The artwork is another part of this book that I love. We've lost Karl Kerschl on pencils, but Adam Archer steps in ably to continue. His style is a little more muted than Kerschl's, but colourist/background painter Mssyk keeps the gothic atmosphere and the very individual character designs front and centre. Gotham Academy has a very distinct tone, and the artwork is great at helping to sell that. With one final arc of Gotham Academy to go, this one sets the stage for the ultimate resolution of all of the plot threads that we've seen so far, and it does it with style (and while kicking you in the feels too).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Olive Silverlock stayed at Gotham Academy for the winter break. Before school started, a girl showed up in her room, claiming to be her new roommate. Amy convinces Olive to do bad things. They throw a rock through a window. They break into a house on the school property and then torment Eric. Then, a new club starts up, competing with Maps’s detective club. The new club is filled with witches who plan on burning the library books. Maps’s friends have to rescue her after she is brainwashed to joi Olive Silverlock stayed at Gotham Academy for the winter break. Before school started, a girl showed up in her room, claiming to be her new roommate. Amy convinces Olive to do bad things. They throw a rock through a window. They break into a house on the school property and then torment Eric. Then, a new club starts up, competing with Maps’s detective club. The new club is filled with witches who plan on burning the library books. Maps’s friends have to rescue her after she is brainwashed to join their club. But after saving her, Colton gets caught breaking into a classroom. The headmaster wants to expel him but he gets a trial first. He disappears during his hearing, so the rest of the gang set out to find evidence that he should remain at school and Olive has to face her past yet again. This is my favourite book in the Gotham Academy series. It was cohesive from the first comic to the last. It followed one major storyline throughout. Some of the other graphic novels have started with one plot and then drifted off into something else. This one was very consistent. The new characters also had a purpose in the story. In past graphic novels, some characters have been introduced but then they disappear. The new character, Amy, shows up for a reason which is revealed at the end of the story. I loved this new volume of Gotham Academy. It’s the best one so far!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    A really nicely organized volume. We begin with a short investigation of the Witches Club. It reminds of us who the characters are and why we love them and their fun detectiving. But in the latter half of the volume, things really rev up, and we're suddenly faced with a mystery much more crucial to the school and to our main characters. There are some beautiful reveals in this storyline that really pay off much of the book so far (and make me want to reread it). It brings things up to the next le A really nicely organized volume. We begin with a short investigation of the Witches Club. It reminds of us who the characters are and why we love them and their fun detectiving. But in the latter half of the volume, things really rev up, and we're suddenly faced with a mystery much more crucial to the school and to our main characters. There are some beautiful reveals in this storyline that really pay off much of the book so far (and make me want to reread it). It brings things up to the next level. I suspect the big climax in the next volume can't possibly match the mysteries of this one, but I'll still be happy to read it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Nice to see Olive, Maps, and the rest of the Detective Club again. Olive's roommate being her great.....grandmother was quite interesting. Also, Olive is an Arkham. Hope the Detective Club will be able to stop Olive. Glad to see a cameo from Batman/Bruce Wayne. Can't wait to read Gotham Academy Second Semester volume 2!!!! 5 stars Nice to see Olive, Maps, and the rest of the Detective Club again. Olive's roommate being her great.....grandmother was quite interesting. Also, Olive is an Arkham. Hope the Detective Club will be able to stop Olive. Glad to see a cameo from Batman/Bruce Wayne. Can't wait to read Gotham Academy Second Semester volume 2!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Once again I couldn't really remember the backstory or the characters, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this somewhat. There were times that I was kind of confused (and still am a little lost at that ending) but it was still enjoyable enough. I like the art, and the characters and their friendship. I don't really know what's going on, but I'll keep reading. Once again I couldn't really remember the backstory or the characters, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this somewhat. There were times that I was kind of confused (and still am a little lost at that ending) but it was still enjoyable enough. I like the art, and the characters and their friendship. I don't really know what's going on, but I'll keep reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    I started this one not expecting to like it too much...but I did! The story arc was fun and the art and layout is stellar. The mysteries, characters, flashbacks, etc. made this a really great read and I'm all in for the next one. I started this one not expecting to like it too much...but I did! The story arc was fun and the art and layout is stellar. The mysteries, characters, flashbacks, etc. made this a really great read and I'm all in for the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    victoria.p

    I enjoyed this new volume of the adventures of Detective Club.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Maps is still the best. I'm not as thrilled with Second Semester as I was with the initial run of the series, but it's still pretty fun. Maps is still the best. I'm not as thrilled with Second Semester as I was with the initial run of the series, but it's still pretty fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kitkat

    I loved it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    YAAAAAAS! This one was much better!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This was awesome! One of my favorite volumes for sure! The plot was fascinating, the character development was interesting, the pacing was perfect, and I just had to keep flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen. There was a lot going on in this volume, but it never felt like too much and all of the elements were interesting, especially the hunt for the book and what it lead to! I can't wait to see what happens next with Olive! This was awesome! One of my favorite volumes for sure! The plot was fascinating, the character development was interesting, the pacing was perfect, and I just had to keep flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen. There was a lot going on in this volume, but it never felt like too much and all of the elements were interesting, especially the hunt for the book and what it lead to! I can't wait to see what happens next with Olive!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hira Chaudhary

    Ugh, I wanted so much more out of this whole story, and I thought maybe it would get better with this Second Semester attempt, but it just didn't? The mysteries, the dangers, the lack of character development... everything fell flat and just didn't go anywhere near what I was wanting and needing out of this series. Ugh, I wanted so much more out of this whole story, and I thought maybe it would get better with this Second Semester attempt, but it just didn't? The mysteries, the dangers, the lack of character development... everything fell flat and just didn't go anywhere near what I was wanting and needing out of this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)

    I am not sure if Gotham Academy Second Semester is a spin off series for Gotham Academy or a continuation of the overarching story. All of our main characters return to a new semester. I was a bit hesitant to read this one since I was really disappointed with Gotham Academy Vol. 3, but ended up really enjoying this one. The plot and tension of this volume is a slow burn. Olive has a new roommate that starts to have a negative effect on her. We also have a small mystery where students have been b I am not sure if Gotham Academy Second Semester is a spin off series for Gotham Academy or a continuation of the overarching story. All of our main characters return to a new semester. I was a bit hesitant to read this one since I was really disappointed with Gotham Academy Vol. 3, but ended up really enjoying this one. The plot and tension of this volume is a slow burn. Olive has a new roommate that starts to have a negative effect on her. We also have a small mystery where students have been brainwashed and kidnapped by a disgruntled teacher. At first glance I thought the graphic novel was pretty average since I figured the mystery early on but as I read on I was glad to discover a twist in the last half of the story. We get more background information on Olive's family history, what fuels her dark side, and there is a new romance development that I'm very curious to see where it goes. Luckily, the romance is not a love triangle. The volume does end on a cliffhanger so it might be a while to read what happens next. Gotham Academy Second Semester returns to the dark, gothic mystery setting that first grabbed my attention and made me curious about this series. I am glad that it is back on track.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Okay so this series is starting to make a lot of sense and we definitely get more insight into what's going on to Olive as a character. I thought the artwork was amazing and I must says that the plot left me wanting more. It was extremely intriguing and I really enjoyed it. I'm excited to see where the rest of the story is going to go. Okay so this series is starting to make a lot of sense and we definitely get more insight into what's going on to Olive as a character. I thought the artwork was amazing and I must says that the plot left me wanting more. It was extremely intriguing and I really enjoyed it. I'm excited to see where the rest of the story is going to go.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meghannf

    Gotham Academy was a great comic and I don’t even know where to begin… I was happy to read the new adventures of these lovely Gotham pupils! The volume begins with the introduction of a new character. She is not the kind of girl you want to cross path with when you are entering your room. Not an engaging character. Olive’s new roommate represents everything I hate in a character, the fake rebel and insufferable persona of « I don’t care of everything and anything ». It pisses me off. Well, at le Gotham Academy was a great comic and I don’t even know where to begin… I was happy to read the new adventures of these lovely Gotham pupils! The volume begins with the introduction of a new character. She is not the kind of girl you want to cross path with when you are entering your room. Not an engaging character. Olive’s new roommate represents everything I hate in a character, the fake rebel and insufferable persona of « I don’t care of everything and anything ». It pisses me off. Well, at least if it was the point of the creators they hit the right spot! Hopefully, she is the only character like that, Pomeline, Olive, Maps, and cie are engaging. They make the reading experience enjoyable with their own motivations and drive for mystery (Biggest award for Maps! She was quite absent in this one, because she has some Witch problem… I expected to ask myself a lot of questions along the development of the story, which I did and I still don’t have all the answers so I’m excited to read the next volume! The plot is heavy as it explores different themes: trust, the danger of curiosity, selfishness, friendship and so on… The narrative is based on a solid artistic set design. It is gorgeous and stands out right away! The colors are vibrant and go perfectly with each character’s personality. The light colors for the most optimistic Gotham pupils but one problem and we are swooned with shadows and cold colors. There is a true effort there, appreciated and well thought. I must point out every art aspect around Olive conveys the right mood, pace and style. It is conscientious and helpful for the reader, for example, the captions for her interior monologues help situated which aspect of her personality we are dealing with at the moment. The lettering provides a creepy atmosphere to accentuate the vibe or the page layout. It crept me out to find that out about Olive! She is so cute but the girl has claws!!! In every sense of the term! Aesthetically, it results in beautiful scenes. One grid particularly comes to my mind, it stands out because the whole passage has a Beauty and the Beast feeling and atmosphere. It’s bright and catches your eyes, it’s detailed. The narrative is entertaining all along, with a heavy focus on emotions. A couple of scenes provoke an emotional response in Olive (again and again, she is fragile girl that one), Pomeline, Kyle, Eric… I loved that in every Gotham Academy the idea of friendship is highlighted in various situations. It results in clicking moments rich in emotions and strong reactions. In other words, I could relate to these characters. The creators install new perspectives for supporting characters, that’s refreshing because it takes some distance from the main characters. They are part of the same plot but they have their own issues to deal with. The creators have a smart panel composition as they play a lot with light design. When Olive and her gang are investigating in a new room, or when they discover something it is dark; but the light is stronger when everything makes sense. It is a choice that I love to find in comics, it adds something deeper to the story. Likes : The art is gorgeous!!! This Beauty and the Beast effect went straight to my heart! The balance in colors and character’s mood: perfect! I looooooved the end! Sweet characters with their own and properly defined personalities. It is clear. Dislikes : Bruce Wayne’s representation, he provides nothing useful to the story. The art makes him even more aloof, almost forgettable. He doesn’t fit. The pencil work doesn’t even make him looks like Batman/ Bruce Wayne, he looks skinny... And lost. The Bat-signal in the set design, I have one question: why? I have mixed feelings on that one because well it looks good in the background, but let’s be honest, what purpose it serves? None. Pomeline’s attitude. It’s getting tiresome to always have her with a selfish state of mind, we get it, you are selfish, you are driven by your own motivation, we know…! Not enough Maps!!! She was too absent and I looove her character! Sometimes it is hard to really access the world of Gotham Academy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Gotham Academy and the Pizza Club returns for a second semester in Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back. This series would continue focusing on these five members of the Pizza Club as they go through more mysteries and shenanigans that Gotham Academy holds. This trade paperback collects seven issues (Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1–3, 5–8) of the 2016 on-going series. Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back reveals all the secrets about Olive Silverlock's past. Apparently, she w Gotham Academy and the Pizza Club returns for a second semester in Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back. This series would continue focusing on these five members of the Pizza Club as they go through more mysteries and shenanigans that Gotham Academy holds. This trade paperback collects seven issues (Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1–3, 5–8) of the 2016 on-going series. Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back reveals all the secrets about Olive Silverlock's past. Apparently, she was not actually a Silverlock, but from one of the founding members of Gotham City – the Arkhams. Amity Arkham, sister to Ezekiel Arkham – one of the founding fathers of Gotham City was burned at the stake for witchcraft. With her dying breath she cursed those that betrayed her and their descendants. Fortunately, her dearest friend, Alienor Frych, ancestor to Pomeline "Pom" Fritch, saved her daughter, Beatrix Arkham. Alienor Frych gave Beatrix Arkham to a simple peasant family living outside of Gotham City named Silverlock, where the Fritch and Silverlock families were close friends. Unbeknownst to the Silverlocks, Beatrix and her descendants will be cursed of fulfilling Amity Arkham dying wish to kill those responsible for her death – the Cobblepots, Hills, Dents, Beaumonts, Kanes, Grissoms, Waynes, are just the beginning of her killing list. In order to do that, Amity Arkham possess those of her descendants making them Calamity. When Olive Silverlock discovers the truth, she's been consumed with Amity Arkham's anger and turns into Calamity and we see that Gotham is alight with flames. Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl penned the entire trade paperback and for the most part it was written rather well. I really liked the history of Gotham City's founding and that the ancestors of Olive Silverlock and Pomeline Fritch were such good friends. The writers cleverly gave a wonderful reason why the Silverlocks would be possessed by Calamity and I rather like their explanation. However, my favorite scene of the entire trade paperback has to be the one between Colton Rivera and Kyle Mizoguchi (Gotham Academy: Second Semester #6). It is here that the two boys share a tender moment with each other. Colton Rivera reveals why he wears sunglasses all the time – even at night. His father is abusive and he uses sunglasses to cover up his black eyes that he would occasionally get. He also confessed his feelings for Kyle Mizoguchi, despite the fact that Kyle Mizoguchi is probably heterosexual and still in love with Olive Silverlock. Instead of being repulsed Kyle Mizoguchi comforts Colton Rivera as try friends. Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back had two pencilers. Adam Archer penciled the entire trade paperback with Msassyk helping him out for the last three issues (Gotham Academy: Second Semester #6–8). For the most part the penciling was excellently rendered, keeping up with the established style of the previous series (Gotham Academy). Artistically, the trade paperback flowed well – the penciling styles blended and complemented well with each other to the point that it was almost indistinguishable with each other. All in all, Gotham Academy: Second Semester: Welcome Back is a wonderful beginning for the series and I can't wait to read the next trade paperback. I am wondering how the saga of the Silverlocks would continue.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rick Hunter

    ***** I got a digital ARC of this from DC through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. I'd never read any of the previous Gotham Academy books that started near the end of the New 52. The kids that are the main characters made cameo appearances in Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death and something else that I read, but that was my only experience with these characters prior to starting this book. The very first thing I noticed when I started reading this book was the art. The book is as ***** I got a digital ARC of this from DC through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. I'd never read any of the previous Gotham Academy books that started near the end of the New 52. The kids that are the main characters made cameo appearances in Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death and something else that I read, but that was my only experience with these characters prior to starting this book. The very first thing I noticed when I started reading this book was the art. The book is astoundingly beautiful. Adam Archer is the artist for the story. He draws the characters and other items that are in the foreground, but all of the backgrounds are painted by someone billed as MSASSYK. I'd never heard of either of these people before, but I'm already in love with their art. I will certainly be on the lookout for their names in the future and will pick up any books either one works one. With Archers characters drawn separately from the beautiful backgrounds, the result looks like some very high end animation. I know Disney cartoons and many of the Japanese anime companies have the characters and backgrounds drawn by different artists. As beautiful as the backgrounds are, the characters are what really standout in the book. One character in particular, Olive Silverlock, stands out above the rest. Olive has this silvery white hair and red eyes like she's a decent of the Targaryens from Game of Thrones. I was really drawn to her unique look, and she quickly became m favorite character. There are several artists that are currently employed by DC that I love, but I don't know if any of them have ever put out a book that looks as good as this one. The art gets 5 stars. Brendan Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl plot out the story as a group. Fletcher then writes out the script solo. These writers have Olive and her friends form a mystery club that try to solve weird things going on at the school. The book is one part high school drama, one part Scooby Doo (except with the possibility of real monster or supernatural powers), and one part superhero story. This creative mixture has created a recipe for success. As with any book set in DC's Gotham, Batman makes an obligatory appearance. Considering how cool the story already is, having Batman show up is a great added bonus for the reader. This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Writing gets 5 stars. I'm only one book into this series and it is already a must read for me. I will definitely be buying a copy of this as well as the few books that came out prior and everything that comes after this one. I recommend this to anyone that is interested in DC comics. This is also a great series to start on for people looking to get into comics. EVERYONE should read this. Overall rating is a perfect 5 stars.

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